Victoria Ho

Victoria Ho is a TechCrunch writer based in Singapore. She was previously the technology correspondent for The Business Times in Singapore, and senior writer for ZDNet. She was also senior journalist at ComputerWorld and CIO Asia magazines, under the IDG and Fairfax Business Media publishing houses. She has an English Literature degree from the National University of Singapore.

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  • Rent-Your-Car-Out Service iCarsClub Gets $482,000

    Rent-Your-Car-Out Service iCarsClub Gets $482,000

    iCarsClub, a service that allows people to rent out their cars by the hour just got a seed round of almost half a million, a little under three months since its launch. The Singapore-based startup provides a service similar to Zipcar, except car owners rent out their own vehicles and iCarsClub doesn’t own or provide the cars. The company will install a piece of hardware in members’… Read More

  • Delhi Startup Playcez Gets Seed Round For Location-Based Social App For India

    Delhi Startup Playcez Gets Seed Round For Location-Based Social App For India

    Playcez, a startup out of Delhi, has closed a seed round of several hundred thousand USD $500,000 for an events discovery app for Indian users. It wouldn’t say how much funding it got exactly, but noted that the figure is under and closer to $1 million. Its founder, Ashwani Gaur, acknowledged that other location-based, social type apps for consumers have tapered off in the hype cycle in the… Read More

  • YouTube To Launch Music Subscriptions

    YouTube To Launch Music Subscriptions

    YouTube plans to launch a music subscription service later this year, to allow people to listen to tracks online, and to possibly cut out the ads that precede each video for subscribers, according to Fortune. The largest storehouse of streaming video, YouTube relies on selling banner ads on the site and running short clips before each video, giving a cut back to record companies. YouTube has… Read More

  • Thai E-book Provider Ookbee Adds 6,000 New Users Each Day

    Thai E-book Provider Ookbee Adds 6,000 New Users Each Day

    It seems the e-book market in Thailand has been quietly flourishing, at least according to a local provider of digital books and magazines, Ookbee. The company is the country’s biggest e-bookstore, with a claimed 88 percent market share. Its founder, Natavudh “Moo” Pungcharoenpong, said the local market is still very new and young, but added that it has amassed 3 million users so… Read More

  • Travelmob Continues Push Into Asian ‘Airbnb’ Market

    Travelmob Continues Push Into Asian ‘Airbnb’ Market

    Singapore-based short term home rental marketplace, Travelmob is pushing steadily into the space with new features on its site. Today, it released a way for home owners to list last-minute discounts to travelers. This follows an earlier feature released last year which allowed travelers to find listings by descriptive tags. The company is yet another in the quickly crowding Airbnb-style space… Read More

  • AirWatch Gets $200 Million Series A Funding

    AirWatch Gets $200 Million Series A Funding

    Mobile device management startup AirWatch has raised a massive series A round of $200 million, led by Insight Venture Partners. The startup competes with others such as Good Technology and SAP’s Afaria in the mobile device management space. This rides the current “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend, where companies are supporting employee-owned devices such as smartphones and… Read More

  • Foreigners To North Korea To Get Uncensored 3G

    Foreigners To North Korea To Get Uncensored 3G

    Foreign visitors going to North Korea will be able to receive uncensored 3G data starting March 1. Koryolink, a joint venture between Egyptian company Orascom Telecom Holding and North Korean state-owned Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC), has set up a 3G service for visitors into the country. The service, which is not available to locals, won’t come cheap. A $100 Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Smartphone Rental Startup Handy Expands Out Of Hong Kong

    Smartphone Rental Startup Handy Expands Out Of Hong Kong

    Handy, a smartphone rental service out of Hong Kong, has launched operations in Singapore. The company offers smartphones for rent to travelers at $9 (HKD 68) a day—$12 (S$15) a day in Singapore—and the price includes unlimited 3G data and international calls. The Handy brand comes under its CEO, Terence Kwok’s startup effort called Tink Labs, and is its first and only project… Read More

  • Yota To Mass Produce E-ink Phone In Singapore

    Yota To Mass Produce E-ink Phone In Singapore

    Russian phone maker Yota Devices will start making its first dual-screen e-ink YotaPhones in Singapore. The company has signed with Hi-P, a manufacturer in the country, to have it mass-produce the devices. Yota’s COO, Lau Geckler, told us that he is also in Singapore to help set up Yota’s Asian sales office and the company’s second R&D facility. Its original R&D center is… Read More

  • Thai Mobile Shopping App ShopSpot Adds Brands, Gets $628,000

    Thai Mobile Shopping App ShopSpot Adds Brands, Gets $628,000

    Shopspot, a startup out of Thailand with a mobile shopping app, has won $628,000 (S$779,000) after switching its shopper matchmaking app to a more traditional shopping interface. Its earlier app focused on connecting individuals keen to sell their wares. The app would pair sellers and their goods with buyers based on geolocation. Released today, the new version bills itself as a “mobile… Read More

  • PayPal Stops Personal Payments In Singapore

    PayPal Stops Personal Payments In Singapore

    PayPal will stop allowing personal payments in Singapore on February 20. It said in an email to members that this was due to “regulatory instructions”. People will still be able to make commercial payments for goods and services with their accounts, such as at online merchants, or receive funds, but we can expect that fund transfers between personal accounts will be halted. Read More

  • Singapore Fashion Retailer Inverted Edge Takes $1.6M Funding

    Singapore Fashion Retailer Inverted Edge Takes $1.6M Funding

    A Singaporean fashion retail site has secured $1.6 million (S$2 million) in funding from a government-backed group of VCs. When it launches next month, the e-tailer, called Inverted Edge, will carry a consignment of goods from 36 Asia-Pacific designers, according to CEO, Debra Langley. The funding it received was from the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF), Incuvest, Accel-X and four… Read More

  • Site Builder Wizard Infinite.ly Leaves Incubation

    Site Builder Wizard Infinite.ly Leaves Incubation

    Another service has jumped on the “easy” site creation bandwagon, this time a small startup out of the Philippines, called Infinite.ly. The company competes with players like Wix.com to offer the HTML-challenged a way to get a website up and running, and offers a number of drag-and-drop widgets to do so. Users are started off with a selection of templates which they can customize. Read More

  • JustMigrate Launches To Move Posterous Blogs To Tumblr Just As Posterous Announces Imminent End

    JustMigrate Launches To Move Posterous Blogs To Tumblr Just As Posterous Announces Imminent End

    Just in time for Posterous’ closure on April 30th, a service has launched to bring Posterous blogs over to rival service, Tumblr. JustMigrate was announced the same day that Posterous unceremoniously called it quits via its blog. The service requires you to punch in your posterous URL, authorize it with Tumblr, and you’re all set. For those with multiple Tumblr blogs, granting… Read More

  • How Bubble Motion Is Winning Feature Phones As “Twitter For Voice” Hits 25 Million Users

    How Bubble Motion Is Winning Feature Phones As “Twitter For Voice” Hits 25 Million Users

    It’s been a long journey for Bubble Motion, one of Singapore’s oldest startups. The company has been around since 2005 and made its name as a voice messenger app, allowing people to send voice clips to each other within text messages. Unlike with an MMS, the service requires no data. A user dials *7*, follows the phone commands and speaks. The recipient gets a text and… Read More

  • Singapore Media Outlet e27 Gets $615K To Expand Into Southeast Asia

    Singapore Media Outlet e27 Gets $615K To Expand Into Southeast Asia

    Singaporean media outfit, e27, has raised about US$615,000 (S$760,000) through a funding round with investors in the region, and plans to expand into Southeast Asia. The round was raised with B Dash Ventures from Japan, Pinehurst Advisors in Taiwan, Ardent Capital in Thailand and Dan Neary in Singapore. e27 has been around since 2006 and runs a news site on tech startups in Asia, and organizes… Read More

  • Real Prizes To Draw Gamers In Indonesia

    Real Prizes To Draw Gamers In Indonesia

    Indonesian game developer, TouchTen, has been signed up as Gimmie’s exclusive game distributor in its country. Gimmie is a start-up by former lead programmer at PopCap Games, Roy Liu, and David Ng, who led business development at ChinaCache. The company employs a model typically found in fun fairs, which offers real prizes as rewards for playing. After a recent pivot away from Silicon Valley… Read More

  • Samsung Puts NFC Stickers In Coffee Bean In Singapore

    Samsung Puts NFC Stickers In Coffee Bean In Singapore

    Samsung and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have placed Samsung-branded NFC stickers in all 51 outlets in Singapore. Their marketing campaign runs from 8 February to 7 March, and will reward Samsung NFC-device users with an upsized drink for tapping the poster and Liking Coffee Bean’s Facebook page after it pops up. Right now, that means the Galaxy S3 or Note 2 devices, and you still have to… Read More

  • Amazon To Set Up Secondhand Ebook Marketplace

    Amazon To Set Up Secondhand Ebook Marketplace

    Amazon wants to sell your used ebooks. It recently won a patent to allow people to hock off their read ebooks on its marketplace. Of course, ebooks don’t suffer from wear and tear, but think of the resale process as more of a way to transfer your book licences. This is already in action in a way—users can currently “lend” out Kindle books, which then disappear from your… Read More

  • 4G Will Make Up Just 10 Percent Of Global Connections in 2017

    4G Will Make Up Just 10 Percent Of Global Connections in 2017

    It looks like just 10 percent of mobile data traffic will be based on 4G networks in 2017, according to Cisco Systems’ annual mobile forecast. It’s significant growth from the extent of today’s 4G deployments, which make up just 1 percent of global connections. But with 4G LTE devices like the iPhone 5 becoming common in larger economies, we may feel the technology rift between… Read More